This was our programme of Concerts
Judith Hall & Craig Ogden
flute and guitar
Saturday, 15th October 2011
Ravel Piece en Forme de Habanera
Schlosberg Trois Esquisses
Albeniz Sevilla )for solo guitar
Villa-Lobos Distribucao des Flores Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Villa-Lobos/Walker Flute Flight
Rodrigo Serenata al Alba del Dia
Granados Spanish Dance No. 5 for solo guitar
Jonathan Lloyd The Five Seasons
Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
Judith Hall is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed and best-known flautists. Born and educated in Australia, she did not start her career as a professional musician until her early thirties. Since she moved on to be a solo performer in the 1980s her international reputation has grown rapidly and today, her versatile and sensitive playing is in considerable demand in concert venues throughout the world. She plays frequently in chamber music and concerto programmes on the BBC and her recitals receive the highest praise.
Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He has recorded for Chandos Records, Nimbus, Virgin Classics, Hyperion, Collins Classics and Sony and his debut solo recording of contemporary British works received wide acclaim and a Grammy nomination. Craig performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician all over the world and often records for film. His most recent collaboration is with American counter-tenor, David Daniels with whom he performed at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival and the Lincoln Centre (New York) in Summer 2003. October 2003 saw Craig make his Royal Albert Hall debut performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in a Classic Fm Live concert. He is Senior Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Fujita Piano Trio
piano, violin, cello
Haydn -Piano Trio in C XV:27
Mendelssohn - Piano Trio in D minor Op.49
Chopin - Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8
The Fujita sisters from Japan have been playing chamber music together since early childhood. They made a highly acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 1999 and since then the Trio’s concert engagements have taken them to Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. They have won numerous awards and prizes both as a trio and individually.
Arisa Fujita (violin) entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991 (where she now teaches) and won all the available violin prizes, Rose, Bowl, Sheriff’s Prize and a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. Recently Arisa has toured Sweden with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded on the Swedish label Intim Musik.
Honoko Fujita (cello) graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then obtained the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) in 1997. She has won many prizes including being a semi-finalist at the Maria Canals International Competition (Barcelona, 1996) and First Prize Toussaint Memorial Bach Prize (GSMD, 1996). Recently she has performed the complete works for cello by Chopin, Dvorak and Schuman cello concertos with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra.
Megumi Fujita (piano) studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music and has won numerous prizes including 3rd prize at the International Bosendorfer Competition, Belgium and 4th Prize, Montreal International piano Competition. Recently she has performed the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 4 and 5, Tchiakovsky Piano Concerto no 1 and Rachmaninov concerto No 2.
The Trio have performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in France with the Orchestra National de Pays de la Loire and a recital at the Wigmore Hall May 2007. Future engagements include concerts and festivals in Sweden and throughout the UK.
Saturday, 21st January 2012
Beethoven Op. 27N2 in C# ‘Moonlight Sonata’
Liszt 2 Studies
i) Concert study in D flat (Un Sospiro)
ii) Transcendental study no 10 in F minor
Brahms Rhapsody in G minor op 79 no 2
Intermezzo in E flat op 117 no 1
Schubert 4 Songs, transcribed by Liszt
ii)Hark, hark, the lark
Chopin Ballade no 1 in G minor
Antony Peebles was educated at Westminster School and - with an exhibition in music - at Trinity College, Cambridge. After gaining his MusB degree there he studied piano with Peter Katin, Yvonne Lefébure and Jeremy Siepmann.
In 1971 he won the BBC Piano Competition with a unanimous vote from the jury and a year later the Debussy Competition in France. Since then he has maintained a very busy performing career, the main feature of this being the remarkable amount of overseas touring it has entailed.
In the UK he has played as concerto soloist with the following orchestras: London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, etc. He broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and plays in smaller venues all around the country, often with the violinist John Georgiadis, with whom he formed he the Georgiadis/Peebles Duo.
He has recorded six CDs for Meridian Records: Ravel piano music, Liszt operatic fantasias and 4 discs of songs transcribed for solo piano by Liszt from Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn.
Shulah Oliver and Simon Marlow
violin and piano
Saturday, 25th February 2011
Benjamin Britten Waltz from Suite for Violin & Piano Op. 6
Frank Bridge Amaryllis..
Eva Ruth Spalding Poeme
Christian Carpenter Sonata for Violin and Piano
Rebecca Clarke Passacaglia
Ralph Vaughan Williams Romance for Viola and Piano
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Sonata No.1 in D major Op.11
Frank Bridge Heart's Ease
Shulah and Simon have performed together since 2003, giving acclaimed performances across the U.K. They have a passion for performing the works of British composers from the 1800’s to present day, especially those that are now little known and rarely performed. In 2010 they released their first CD of purely English repertoire. ‘Portraits of England’ is a collection of works, by leading composers of the late 19th / early 20th century, that have been quite unfairly forgotten through the passage of time - each work portrays a different image of England.
Shulah Oliver completed her Masters Degree in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2006, having studied violin with Howard Davis. She was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for her outstanding Final Recital. Her research and concert project involved the study of the British composer Eva Ruth Spalding (1882-1969) and performance of her works. She has a passion for introducing audiences to rarely performed works or works of lesser-known British composers and performing their works with the hope of keeping their music alive and a part of our musical heritage. Her studies were assisted by awards from the Elmley and EMI Music Sound Foundations, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and Winifred Disney.
Shulah is a well-respected soloist who is regularly invited to perform concertos with orchestras and give recitals with piano around the country. She is also the lead violinist in the Astaria Quartet and Fordante, string player of Duo Armande (who gave a very successful concert tour of Corfu in 2011) and was violinist of the Lichnowsky Piano Trio who were prize winners at the 2003 European Music Competition for Youth. As a soloist and ensemble member she has played in venues nationwide and been invited to play in festivals such as the Paganini London Festival, Norfolk and Norwich, Worcester Festival, Peter-Maxwell Davis, Rutland Boughton Festival and St. Endellion Festivals.
Shulah graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First Class Honours Joint Principal (violin/viola) degree in 2004. She was a finalist in the 19th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition and at the Delius Prize and has received commendations in several competitions including the Wilfred Parry Prize, the Winifred Small Prize and Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, and received the John Mundy and D-Day Fund Prize Awards from RAM.
Shulah was a member of the prestigious European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She now freelances with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan and the Emerald Ensemble and is invited to guest lead several orchestras.
In the Summers of 2008, 2009 and 2011 Shulah was the only violinist selected from the UK to take part and perform at the prestigious London Masterclasses with Gyorgy Pauk. She has participated in many masterclasses with violinists and violists including Tasmin Little, When Zhou Lee, Thomas Brandis, Bruno Giuranna and Yuri Bashmit.
Simon Marlow read music at Cambridge University, studied the piano with Ivey Dickson and Lilli Raeburn, and chamber music with Manoug Parikian. He made his debut recital with the violinist Roger Garland at the Wigmore Hall, and established a successful career as soloist, chamber musician and in song recitals.
Among the many musicians Simon has worked with, he has built an outstanding partnership with Ivo-Jan van der Werff, the Medici Quartet violist, with whom he has recorded music by Max Reger and more recently a CD of all the viola/piano works of Arnold Bax. They recently made a round-the-world tour with concerts in New York, New Zealand and Hong Kong, where they also gave a series of master classes at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
As is not unusual, his life has taken a number of unexpected directions. These have included working for ten years with the Lucis Trust, an educational charity, becoming involved in various human and world welfare movements and also in forays into local politics. But central to his interests is his busy musical career which features frequent concert appearances in Britain and many other European countries as well as recitals in the United States, Sri Lanka and Iceland. He has appeared with the Scottish Chamber O Orchestra, broadcast and made several recordings.
Saturday, 17th March 2012
Liszt From 'Years of Pilgrimage' (Italy) Petrarch Sonnet 123
Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61
Novellette Op. 21 N8 in F# minor
Rachmaninov 2 Musical Moments from Op. 16 : n3 in B minor and n4 E minor
Beethoven Sonata Op. 27 N1 in E flat major
Schumann Romance Op. 28 N2 in F# major
Mozart Fantasy in C minor K396
Tatiana Dardykina Born in Moscow, Tatiana graduated with Distinction from P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, where she studied with professor Alexander Mndoyants, eminent pianist and teacher, prize-winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. While studying in Moscow Tatiana has been a 2nd prize winner of Nicolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris (2004) and gained the Top prize and a number of Special prizes of the Grand Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Greece (2004) among others. Tatiana has participated in several master classes, including master course of French music with Chantal Stigliani in Paris (2005) and in London Master Classes with Norma Fisher (2006); in the latter she has been selected as a representative of the piano section at the final concert in the Dukes Hall of the Royal Academy of Music. She has played solo recitals in Greece, France, USA and throughout Russia.
After moving to UK in 2007, Tatiana has completed with Distinction both the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma course (2008) and the Master of Music course (2009) in Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with professors Malcolm Wilson, Mark Racz, John Humphreys and more recently John Thwaites. She has appeared in master classes with Peter Donohoe, Martin Jones and Stephen Hough in Birmingham Symphony Hall among others. She has won numerous Conservatoire Prizes: the Symphony Hall Prize, Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize, Doris Newton Music Club Prize, Renna Kellaway Piano Recital Prize and the Piano Prize.
Tatiana has also won the 2nd prize of the International Piano Competition FLAME in Paris followed by the 2nd prize of the Robert Williams and Florence Amy Brant International Pianoforte Competition in Birmingham. She is a winner of the Leamington Music Prize' 2010. Her recent appearances included recitals at the prestigious Buxton Festival, Birmingham Town Hall, Harlaxton Summer Music Festival in Harlaxton Manor, Kidderminster Music Society, Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, Churchill College in Cambridge, P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire. Her recent concerto collaborations have included performances with David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan as well as John Lubbock. Tatiana is devoted to playing in chamber groups too - she has recently appeared at the Spring Sounds International Music Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon with a Schumann Quintet performance with Orchestra of the Swan musicians and a solo recital celebrating the bicentennary of Chopin and Schumann. The season was continued by the Leamington Prize Winners concert and there are more exciting engagements to come.
Northern Saxophone Quartet
Saturday, 28th April 2012
AGS Performing Arts Centre
Astor Piazzolla Bordel 1900 from Histoire Du Tango
Paul Reade Saxophone Quartet
Pierre Max Dubois Quatour
4. Andante - Presto
Roberto Di Marino Quartetto II
James Rae Out on a Shout!
Jonathan Dove Tuning In
Jean Françaix Petit Quatour
3. Sérénade comique
Paul Harvey Robert Burns Suite
1. My wife's a winsome wee thing
2. My love is like a red red rose
3. Bannocks o' Bearmeal
Mike Mower £7.50 (seven pounds fifty)
Mike Mower Quark
Mike Mower Teranga
The Northern Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1980, and maintains its commitment to presenting exciting concert programmes, ranging from mediaeval to jazz and contemporary music. The quartet have been featured on radio and television and give recitals throughout Britain and abroad, including the USA, Japan, Italy, Finland, Spain, and Canada. They have also played by invitation at all World Saxophone Congresses since 1985. They were guest recitalists and clinicians at the New England Saxophone Symposium, Massachusetts in 1993, and gave recitals and masterclasses in Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio in 1997. Recent albums include: Second Revolution (including music by Monteverdi and Michael Brecker), The Definitive Ashton collection (featuring arrangements and original compositions by Don Ashton), Tribune (the Tribune Octet plays Vivaldi, Knutsson, and Schultheiss), and The Cowles Collection.
Alistair Parnell studied saxophone and piano at the Royal College of Music. During his time there he won several performance prizes. He also formed and led the Mistral Saxophone Quartet. Alistair now plays with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Northern Saxophone Quartet, Tribune Saxophone Octet, and is guest conductor of the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He also runs a very successful teaching business in Nottingham and is Visiting Scholar of Saxophone for Nottingham University.
Julia Mills studied at the Trinity College of Music. She played baritone sax in the world-famous "Fairer Sax", and since then has been a member of the Northern Saxophone Quartet. A highly versatile player, she is equally at home as a classical or jazz musician. She is in demand as a teacher, and as well as her private teaching she tutors on courses throughout the UK and in other educational establishments. Julia is also a member of the internationally-renowned Tribune Saxophone Octet, who have twice been invited to perform at the World Saxophone Congress.
Chris Jolly attended the University of Huddersfield acquiring a degree in music and a Masters in Composition. He has toured with the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain as their principal sopranino player in the main choir and the Sax Family Octet 'SF8'. Chris has been involved in numerous projects with postgraduate students playing and composing. He is currently writing original music for ensembles at the UOH including new works for their wind and symphony orchestras. He is looking forward to building on these collaborations while exploring the availability for future opportunities.
Sarah Markham studied at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a Degree and Professional Performer’s Diploma (with Distinction), and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA where she gained a Master in Music Degree with scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Sir James Caird Trust. She has enjoyed competition success with the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and the Park Lane Group. Sarah has performed all over Britain, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre, and at the Last Night of the Marble Hill Proms for English Heritage. Further afield, Sarah has performed in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, America and Canada. She has also broadcast live on Radio 3 and Classic FM radio. Sarah plays baritone saxophone in the Northern Saxophone Quartet, and is a member of the Tribune Saxophone Octet. Sarah is the saxophone teacher at the Junior department of the Royal College of Music, and the Universities of Huddersfield and Sheffield. In 2006, Sarah released her first solo album featuring standard works from the classical saxophone repertoire.